Suzanne earned her BS in physics and BA in philosophy from UNH, BFA in sculpture from Mass College of Art and Design and M.A. in philosophy from Brown University with a focus on philosophy of perception. She worked designing and building studio furniture based on the curves of the body before returning to school for a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UMass. Her masters project, reverse engineering the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, introduced her to the Patek lab and evolutionary biology which she found to combine her many interests. She is a member of the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate program at UMass Amherst and is advised from a distance by the Patek Lab. Her interests are in the interplay between evolution and physics. Her work with the Patek Lab focuses on experimental fluid dynamics to study drag reduction and cavitation control in mantis shrimp.